Broadway is abuzz this spring as new life takes over the Theatre District in New York City. There are more than a dozen new shows that have preview performances in March before their big opening-night celebrations. Some plays and musicals, such as Frozen, Three Tall Women, and Mean Girls, are budding productions making it on the Great White Way for the first time. Timeless classics, including Carousel, The Iceman Cometh, and My Fair Lady, are being replanted for new audiences. Here’s a list of 10 fresh shows to check out this month.
Escape to Margaritaville
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo early with a margarita in March. Jimmy Buffett’s first Broadway musical hits the stage at the Marquis Theatre. Not only are his classic songs part of the show, but he wrote new ones as well. TV writers Mike O’Malley and Greg Garcia wrote the book of this original story about a part-time bartender who thinks he has life all figured out — until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything. Opening night, which may include cheeseburgers in paradise, is set for March 15. For more information and tickets, click HERE .
Don’t “let it go!” Disney’s biggest animated blockbuster of all time comes to life onstage in this Broadway adaptation — one the most anticipated musicals of the season. With opening night set for March 23 at the newly renovated St. James Theatre, the story based on The Snow Queen is a timeless tale about two sisters pulled apart by a mysterious secret as they both search for love. Broadway’s Caissie Levy and Patti Murin play the two leading ladies, Elsa and Anna, respectively. EGOT winner Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, wrote the music and lyrics, and direction is by Michael Grandage and choreography is by Rob Ashford. For more information and tickets, click HERE .
Angels in America
Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane star in this two-part limited-run play by Tony Kushner at the Neil Simon Theatre. Directed by Marianne Elliott after transferring from sold-out audiences in London, the Pulitzer Prize–winning story, set in 1985, revolves around six New Yorkers whose lives intersect. It is a complex, metaphorical, and symbolic examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America during that time period. Part one, “Millennium Approaches,” is three hours and 30 minutes, with two intermissions. Part two, “Perestroika,” runs four hours, with two intermissions. Previews began February 23, with opening night set for March 21 in this 18-week-only run. For more information and tickets, click HERE .
Three Tall Women
Laurie Metcalf, Alison Pill, and Glenda Jackson star in what’s been called one of Edward Albee’s “most abstract plays” by New York Times critic Ben Brantley. The show is making its Broadway premiere at the John Golden Theatre. It centers around three women of different ages who talk about their lives and relationships with their families. Previews begin February 27, with opening night set for March 29. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello directs. For more information and tickets, click HERE .
Revisit this iconic Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical playing at the Imperial Theatre, which originally premiered on Broadway in 1945. This latest revival, starring Joshua Henry, Jessie Mueller, and Renée Fleming, is directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. The plot, which takes place in a coastal Maine village at the end of the 19th century, centers around a carnival worker who loses his job and is coerced into robbery as he finds out his wife, a mill worker, is pregnant. He later attempts to mend things from the grave. Previews start February 28, with opening night slated for April 12. The show features famous songs including “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” For more information and tickets, click HERE .
Funny lady Tina Fey wrote the book to this new musical based on the teenage cult classic 2004 movie starring Lindsay Lohan. The show is about a transfer student from Africa who tries to fit in at a school in suburban Illinois. Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels is one of the show’s producers, along with direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw. Mean Girls marks Nicholaw’s third show currently running on Broadway. Performances at the August Wilson Theatre begin March 12, with opening night set for April 8. Feel free to wear pink if you get tickets — it doesn’t just have to be a Wednesday. For more information and tickets, click HERE .
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Grab your magic wand for this one! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most highly anticipated plays of the season. Set in two parts, the show, written by Jack Thorne, is based on the original new story set years after the book series ends, when J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is an adult. The production, which is still running in London, is playing at the Lyric Theatre, with performances beginning March 16 and opening night set for April 22. For more information and tickets, click HERE .
Children of a Lesser God
Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff star in this revival directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. The play tells the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. Dancing With the Stars winner Nyle DiMarco, who is deaf, joins the show as one of its producers. The set is designed by Derek McLane, whose work has been featured on all of NBC’s live musicals and the Academy Awards show. Performances at Studio 54 begin March 22, with opening night set for April 11. For more information and tickets, click HERE .
The Iceman Cometh
Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in this limited-run production of The Iceman Cometh. The Eugene O’Neill revival playing for 14 weeks only at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre is about a boisterous salesman who compels people at a saloon to confront their pipe dreams. The show, which premiered on Broadway in 1946, is set in 1912 in New York’s Greenwich Village. Performances begin March 12, with opening night set for April 26. For more information and tickets, click HERE .
My Fair Lady
Put your best manners forward when you see this reincarnation of a Lerner & Loewe classic at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center. Lauren Ambrose stars as Eliza Doolittle opposite Harry Hadden-Paton as Professor Henry Higgins. Norbert Leo Butz plays Alfred Doolittle. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the story centers around a young flower seller and a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” Famous songs include “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” Previews begin March 15, with opening night set for April 19. For more information and tickets, click HERE .